2020-21Bright FuturesStudent HandbookChapter 2: What You Need to Know NowThat You Are EligibleOffice of Student Financial AssistanceFlorida Department of Education7/31/2020

Chapter 2: What You Need to Know Now That You Are EligibleTable of ContentsCollege Notification . 2Postsecondary Enrollment Requirements . 2Length of the Scholarship Award . 3Award Amounts . 4Scholarship Funding. 5Scholarship Restrictions/Limitations . 5Summer Funding . 5University of Florida Innovation Academy . 5Dropping or Withdrawing from Course(s) after Drop/Add . 5Same-term Funding at Two Different Postsecondary Institutions . 6Use of the Scholarship for a Partial Academic Year . 6Transferring the Scholarship between Institutions . 6Graduate School Funding . 6Website Addresses . 7OSFA Mailing Address. 7The Bright Futures Scholarship Program is governed by the following statutes and rule.Florida StatutesState Board of Education Rules. 1009.53 – s. 1009.5386A-20.028These requirements are subject to change with each legislative session.Bright Futures Student Handbook: Chapter 21 Page

College NotificationNotification of a student's award will be made available to eligible postsecondary institution(s) via asecured internet directory of eligible students when a student's award status is official.If the eligible Florida postsecondary institution the student plans to attend is different from the onelisted on the student’s Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA), the student will need to updatehis or her institution online. This may be accomplished by logging into the online account andaccessing the Financial Aid Recipient History screen after logging into your account or by callingCustomer Service at 888-827-2004.A list of eligible postsecondary institutions is available for viewing on the Office of Student FinancialAssistance (OSFA) website.Postsecondary Enrollment Requirements Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalent. Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, as determined by the student’spostsecondary institution. Enroll as a degree- or certificate-seeking student at an eligible Florida postsecondaryinstitution after high school graduation. Enroll for a minimum of six non-remedial semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter orclock hours) per term in a program of study by the end of the drop/add period.(A student who has fewer than six total hours remaining on his/her scholarship or needs fewer than sixhours to complete the first associate or baccalaureate degree, may enroll and receive funding for less than sixhours.) If not funded in the academic year immediately following high school graduation, apply withinfive years of high school graduation to have the award reinstated.(Please refer to ‘Reinstatement Requirement’ section of Chapter 3 for more information regarding thereinstatement process.)Bright Futures Student Handbook: Chapter 22 Page

Length of the Scholarship AwardBright Futures recipients who did not receive funding immediately following high school graduationmust apply within five years after high school graduation to reinstate the award. A Florida AcademicScholar (FAS) or Florida Medallion Scholar (FMS) may receive funding for up to five years fromhigh school graduation for a maximum of 120 semester hours (or equivalent) toward the completionof a certificate or a first baccalaureate degree. This also applies to students in 3/2 programs who areclassified as an undergraduate. Extended hours of funding are available to FAS and FMS studentsenrolled in a single program of study requiring more than 120 hours by submitting the followingapplication, "Extended Hours Application."Please refer to the following table for program length specifications.Number of FAS/FMSHours Funding Available100% of program of studyNumber of GSC/GSVHours Funding Available1100% of program of study, up to: 72 hours (AS, AAS, CCC, orPSAV’s) 60 hours (ATD’s)Duration of FundingAvailable2Up to 5 years from highschool graduationBeginning with the 2016-17 high school graduates, students who earn a Gold Seal CAPE (GSC) award and attain an AS or AASdegree may receive an additional 60 hours of funding toward a qualifying BS or BAS degree program.2 For students graduating high school in 2010-11 and thereafter, if annual renewal requirements were not met due to a verifiableillness or other documented emergency (as reported by the postsecondary institution), an exception of one academic year to therenewal timeframe may be granted if a course of study is not completed after five academic years.1Bright Futures Student Handbook: Chapter 23 Page

Award AmountsFlorida Academic Scholars (FAS) will receive an award to cover 100% of tuition and applicablefees and 300 for both fall and spring semesters for additional educational expenses. Studentsattending a public institution will have tuition and applicable fees covered. Students attending anonpublic institution will receive a comparable amount as noted in the Private Award Chart. FASstudents can receive an award during the summer sessions to cover tuition and applicable fees,beginning with the 2018 summer term.Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) will receive an award to cover 75% of tuition and applicablefees. Students attending a public institution will have tuition and applicable fees covered. Studentsattending a nonpublic institution will receive a comparable amount as noted in the Private AwardChart. FMS students can receive an award during the summer sessions to cover tuition andapplicable fees, beginning with the 2019 summer term.The applicable fees for both FAS and FMS include activity and service fee, health fee, athletic fee,financial aid fee, capital improvement fee, campus access/transportation fee, technology fee andtuition differential fee.Other award recipients will receive a fixed cost per credit hour based on award level, institutiontype, and credit type as outlined in the table below.2020-21 Bright Futures ScholarshipPer Hour Award AmountsCredit Hour AwardSemesterQuarterGold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) & Gold Seal CAPE Scholars (GSC)Career Certificate Program (PSAV) 39 26Applied Technology Diploma Program (ATD) 39 26Technical Degree Education Program 48 32(AS, AAS, CCC)Bachelors of Science (BS)* 48 32Bachelors of Applied Science (BAS)*Clock HourAward 1.30 1.30 1.60* GSC recipients who earn a qualifying A.S. or A.A.S degree may receive an award toward a qualifying B.S. or B.A.S. degree.A disbursed Florida Academic Scholar in each district is awarded an additional per credit hour awardfor fall and spring. Academic Scholars who attend in the fall following high school graduation areranked on the product of their Bright Futures weighted GPA and their best college entrance examscore.2020-21 Academic Top ScholarsSemesterPer Hour Award Amounts 44Bright Futures Student Handbook: Chapter 2Quarter 29Clock 1.474 Page

Scholarship FundingStudents do not receive funds directly from the Florida Department of Education. Bright Futuresawards are calculated and disbursed by the financial aid office at the eligible Florida postsecondaryinstitution where the student attends. Funds are disbursed after the end of the drop/add periodeach term.The institution determines if study abroad is covered by Bright Futures. The study must beapproved by the institution and be a part of the student’s program of study.Scholarship Restrictions/Limitations All hours are paid at the undergraduate level. No remedial course work is funded. Gold Seal awards (GSC/GSV) may only be used at postsecondary institutions that offer anapplied technology diploma, technical degree education program (associate in science-A.S. orassociate in applied science-A.A.S.), or a career certificate program. GSC recipients who earn aqualifying A.S. or A.A.S degree may be funded for a qualifying B.S. or B.A.S. bachelor’sdegree.Summer FundingBright Futures awards are available for Florida Academic Scholars and Florida Medallion Scholarsfor the summer 2020 and summer 2021 terms.University of Florida Innovation AcademyBright Futures awards are available for both Florida Academic Scholars and Florida MedallionScholars enrolled in the spring/summer term at the University of Florida. This cohort of studentsis eligible to receive Bright Futures scholarship funding for the fall 2020 term for off-campus oronline coursework, rather than on-campus coursework.Dropping or Withdrawing from Course(s) after Drop/AddA student must reimburse the postsecondary institution for the cost of course(s) dropped orwithdrawn after the initial drop/add period. The student will not be eligible to renew his/her BrightFutures award for any subsequent academic year until repayment or a satisfactory arrangement toreimburse the institution is made. After repayment, those hours are returned to the student’s hoursremaining for funding purposes.Due to verifiable illness or emergency, a student may make an appeal to the home postsecondaryinstitution for hours dropped or withdrawn after the last day of the drop/add period.Bright Futures Student Handbook: Chapter 25 Page

Same-term Funding at Two Different Postsecondary InstitutionsIf a student plans to take coursework at a postsecondary institution other than the student’s homepostsecondary institution (where the student is enrolled as degree- or certificate-seeking), he/shemust notify the financial aid office at his/her home institution. The home postsecondary institutionis the one from which Bright Futures funds are disbursed and grades and hours reported for thatterm. Both the home postsecondary institution and the institution where the student is enrolled asa transient student must be eligible Bright Futures institutions. Transient courses must be approvedby the home institution to receive funding.Use of the Scholarship for a Partial Academic YearA student may choose to enroll and receive Bright Futures funding for only one term during theacademic year. Renewal criteria include completion of a minimum of 12 semester hours (or theequivalent) per term funded for a full-time student or a prorated number of credit hours for a parttime student and the minimum institutional cumulative GPA requirement (see renewal requirementsin Chapter 3).Transferring the Scholarship between InstitutionsAwarded students may receive Bright Futures funding only at eligible Florida postsecondaryinstitutions per term. A student may login to access the online system or call OSFA CustomerService at 888-827-2004 to transfer the scholarship to another eligible Florida postsecondaryinstitution. Transferring from one institution to another could affect a student’s award. To receivetimely disbursements, OSFA must be notified of institution changes by August 15 for Term 1 (fall),December 15 for Term 2 (spring), and February 15 for Term 3.Graduate School FundingA FAS or FMS scholarship recipient, who graduates with a baccalaureate degree in seven or fewersemesters, or in 105 semester hours or fewer, may receive funding for one semester of graduatestudy, not to exceed 15 credit hours paid at the undergraduate rate. Graduate school funding mustbe used within the applicable scholarship length.Bright Futures Student Handbook: Chapter 26 Page

Website AddressesFinancial Aid RecipientHistoryEligible PostsecondaryInstitutionsExtended HoursApplicationPrivate Award ChartSecure Upload ofDocumentations RName PSIEligible List%26RFolderName EXTHRS Mailing AddressFlorida Department of EducationOffice of Student Financial AssistanceFlorida Bright Futures Scholarship Program325 West Gaines StreetSuite 1314Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400Bright Futures Student Handbook: Chapter 27 Page

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